CORNWALL, Ontario – The Youth Climate Action Group of Cornwall held its first official meeting earlier this month.
The group was organized by the City of Cornwall’s Sustainability Coordinator, Angela Parker, to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for young people to voice their concerns and views on climate change to city officials.
“It is so important to listen to young people and include them in sustainable planning. The future is theirs and they play a vital role in shaping a future resilient to climate change,” Parker said. “I was very impressed with the group’s commitment and ideas, and I look forward to seeing them participate even more in municipal initiatives. »
The Youth Climate Action group is made up of eight high school students from La Citadelle, Holy Trinity and St. Lawrence High Schools and one student from Iona Academy in South Glengarry.
The meeting also brought together local organizations and groups involved in conservation, sustainability and climate science, such as the St. Lawrence River Institute, the Raisin Region Conservation Authority and Transition Cornwall+.
Topics discussed at the first meeting included climate-related topics that were important to group members and ideas for the second annual Cornwall Eco Day taking place on April 23, 2022.
Since the first meeting, two students from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School have joined the action group and the group is still looking for student representatives from CCVS, L’Héritage and St. Matthew.
Students interested in getting involved should email Angela Parker at [email protected]